April 14, 2010
Friday, April 16
3 p.m. - #7/#8 UCLA at Oregon State
Saturday, April 17
12 p.m. - #7/#8 UCLA at Oregon State
Sunday, April 18
11 a.m. - #7/#8 UCLA at Oregon State
Gametracker and live audio for all games at UCLABruins.com
BRUINS OPEN SIX-GAME ROAD TRIP AT OREGON STATE
The UCLA softball team (27-9, 1-5 Pac-10) heads to Corvallis this weekend for a three-game series at Oregon State (21-18, 2-4). Game times are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins' road trip continues next weekend in the Bay Area with a three-game set at Stanford. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. All three contests will feature Gametracker and live audio on UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA dropped two spots to seventh in this week's USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and fell four positions to eighth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings. The Bruins have been ranked either fifth or seventh in every regular-season NFCA poll. Their ranking of eighth this week by USA Softball is the lowest the Bruins have been in that poll this season. In the Pac-10 preseason poll, UCLA was third (with one first-place vote), behind Washington and Arizona.
BRUINS ON THE WEB
Gametracker will be available for all UCLA softball games this season at UCLABruins.com. In addition, all Pac-10 and postseason contests will be broadcast on the UCLA website.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the Top 20 nationally in six statistical categories, including ninth in earned run average at 1.53. UCLA is also 10th in slugging (.549), 12th in home runs per game (1.33), 13th in batting average (.325) and 18th in runs per game (6.25) and doubles per game (1.58). Individually, junior Donna Kerr is 19th in the nation in fewest hits allowed per seven innings (3.85), 38th in shutouts (5) and 47th in strikeouts per seven (8.6). Senior Julie Burney is 49th in the country in runs batted in per game (0.97). Senior Megan Langenfeld would rank in the nation's top five in three statistical categories, but is not eligible for having not played in at least 75% of the Bruins' contests. If she plays in each of the next four games, Langenfeld will become eligible. The senior would be second in on base percentage (.659), third in slugging (1.031) and fourth in batting average (.523), to go along with a ranking of 16th in home runs per game (0.35), 29th in runs batted in per game (1.07) and 48th in runs per game (0.96).
The Bruins have scored 101 of their 225 runs with two outs for a 44.9 percentage. UCLA has 89 two-out RBI, with an additional 12 runs coming across on errors, wild pitches or passed balls with two down. Senior Megan Langenfeld leads the team with 17 two-out RBI, followed by senior Julie Burney (15) and junior GiOnna DiSalvatore and sophomore Samantha Camuso with 12 apiece.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State will host its third straight Pac-10 series this weekend, having gone 1-2 in each of the previous two matchups against Oregon and Stanford. Last weekend, the Beavers fell 4-3 and 1-0 in their first two games against the Cardinal before rallying to beat Stanford 10-8 on Sunday. OSU is batting .259 during its first six Pac-10 contests with seven home runs, averaging 4.7 runs per game. Freshman Maggie Doremus is 6-for-15 (.400) with two RBI to pace the Beavers. Junior Audrey Roderfeld is batting .333 (6-for-18) with three homers and six RBI, freshman Lea Cavestany is also hitting .333 (4-for-12) with two homers and seven runs batted in and freshman Ally Kutz is batting .316 (6-for-19) with a pair of home runs and three RBI during conference action. In the circle, sophomore Paige Hall is 2-3 with a 2.93 earned run average and 18 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings. Senior Kelly Dyer is 0-1 with a 7.41 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings. Offensively, Cavestany leads the squad on the season with a .402 average and 12 stolen bases, adding seven home runs and 32 runs batted in. Five others are also batting over .300, including Roderfeld, who leads the team with 13 homers and 42 RBI. As a team, OSU is hitting .301 with 40 home runs and 39 stolen bases, averaging 5.4 runs per game. In the circle, Hall is 15-15 with a 2.73 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 179 2/3 innings. Dyer is 5-3 with a 4.38 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS V. BEAVERS
The Bruins swept the Beavers last season and have won four straight in the series to improve to 78-10 all-time. UCLA won 8-1 on April 17 in Corvallis and also claimed 4-3 and 9-1 (6 innings) victories at Easton Stadium on May 2 and 3. Megan Langenfeld and GiOnna DiSalvatore keyed the Bruins' success against the Beavers a year ago. Langenfeld hit .571 (4-for-7) at the plate with a homer and three RBI and went 2-0 in the circle with a 0.64 ERA and seven strikeouts in 11 innings. DiSalvatore was also striping the ball, going 6-for-11 (.545) with five runs batted in. For her career, DiSalvatore is batting .636 (14-for-22) against Oregon State with eight RBI. Langenfeld is 8-for-23 (.347) with a home run and eight runs batted in. Also having success offensively against the Beavers are Kaila Shull (4-for-12) and Andrea Harrison (3-for-9), who are both hitting .333. In the circle, Langenfeld has three wins and two saves against the Beavers, posting a 1.81 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in 27 innings. Donna Kerr holds a 1.17 ERA and nine strikeouts in six innings against Oregon State. The Bruins are 33-6 all-time in Corvallis against the Beavers, with Oregon State's last victory coming on May 9, 2008 by a score of 5-3. The teams have split the last six meetings at the OSU Softball Complex.
Senior Megan Langenfeld reached base in six of her nine plate appearances last weekend against Arizona State on four walks and two singles and continues to pace the Bruins in batting average (.523), slugging (1.031) and on base percentage (.659). Langenfeld is also tied for the team lead with nine home runs, second with 25 runs scored and 28 runs batted in and first with 19 walks and seven hit by pitches. The senior has 10 multiple-hit contests, which is tied for third on the team. Four of those games have been three-hit affairs against Cal Poly (Feb. 19 and March 23), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Northwestern (Feb. 27). She drove in multiple runs in all of the games, posting four RBI in the February contest with Cal Poly and three RBI in the other three matchups, and also left the yard in both games against Cal Poly and versus Portland State. Langenfeld, who had five straight, multiple-hit games from Feb. 19-26, also had two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), Colorado State (Feb. 26), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Long Beach State (March 26). She has nine multi-RBI games, which is second on the team. Langenfeld drove in a pair in the first two games of the season on Feb. 13 against Florida Atlantic and Tennessee and also has two-RBI contests against UCSB, Northridge and UC Riverside (March 3), homering in all but the Tennessee game. She has added solo home runs against Texas (Feb. 26) and Baylor (Feb. 27). Langenfeld has hitting streaks of eight (Feb. 19-27) and six (Feb. 13-17) games this season and has reached base in all but one game via either a hit, walk or hit by pitch. The senior has scored multiple runs in a game eight times, including three apiece in both ends of a doubleheader at UCSB. In the circle, Langenfeld is 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 43 innings. The senior tossed a career-high 13 innings in a hard-luck, 4-2 loss against Michigan on Feb. 14. She allowed only one earned run and six hits while striking out six in a 182-pitch effort. Langenfeld threw 23 more pitches later in the day when she tossed a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts against Georgia for her first save of the season. Her four wins have come against Tennessee, UC Davis, Northwestern and Long Beach State. She pitched five shutout innings and struck out four against the Lady Vols and fanned six in six shutout frames against UC Davis.
Sophomore Andrea Harrison has produced hitting streaks of 11 and 10 games this season and is second on the team with a .361 batting average, a .676 slugging percentage and 10 doubles. She also ranks third with eight home runs and fourth with 25 runs batted in and 22 runs scored. Harrison had her career-long, 11-game streak (March 21-April 10) snapped on Sunday, but hit .459 (17-for-37) during it with six home runs, 14 runs batted in and 10 runs scored. The sophomore had six multiple-hit games during the streak and is tied for the team lead with 12 multi-hit contests, with all of them being two-hit affairs. Harrison had two hits in both ends of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 28, recording a home run and two RBI in the first game and a pair of solo homers in the nightcap for her first career, two-homer contest. She homered again and went 2-for-4 on Friday against Arizona State and has also left the yard against Long Beach State (March 26), CSU Bakersfield (March 21), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19). Harrison has driven in multiple runs in a game seven times, posting a season-best three in the second game of a twinbill against UNLV on March 27. She also had two-RBI contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Northridge, CSU Bakersfield and Long Beach State. The sophomore drove in runs in seven straight games from March 26 to April 10 (12 total). Harrison hit safely in 10 straight from Feb. 19-27, batting .417 (15-for-36) with six runs batted in and a pair of home runs. She has scored two runs in a game seven times this season.
DANI DOING HER YARD WORK
Sophomore Dani Yudin homered for the second straight game on Friday against Arizona State and has emerged as one of the top hitters for the Bruins of late. Yudin holds a .313 batting average with three home runs and 13 runs batted in. The sophomore has hits in four of her last six contests, including her second two-hit game of the season at Washington on April 1 when she also drove in the Bruins' lone run in the sixth inning of a 1-0 victory. Two days later, she hit a two-run homer against the Huskies. Yudin added a two-hit contest against Fresno State (March 5), driving in the go-ahead runs in the win. She has three game-winning RBI this year, also knocking home the go-ahead score against Colorado State on Feb. 26. Her first home run of the year came against UC Davis on Feb. 20. Yudin had RBI in each of her first three games this season and has driven in runs in three of her last five. She has also walked 12 times, which is tied for fourth on the club.
Junior Donna Kerr continues to lead the Bruins in wins and strikeouts and will celebrate her 21st birthday on Friday. Kerr is 13-5 with 128 strikeouts in a team-best 103 2/3 innings. She holds a 1.82 earned run average and also leads the team in appearances (20), games started (18), complete games (8), shutouts (5) and opposing batting average (.155). Kerr blanked Washington in the Pac-10 opener on April 1, striking out eight in a four-hitter. The shutout marked part of a stretch in which the junior didn't allow an earned run in 30 straight innings from March 23 to April 2. Kerr has been a part of eight of the Bruins' 16 shutouts, including solo blankings against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). Kerr has struck out at least eight batters in nine of her 18 starts, including a season-best 11 against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and Northridge. She also fanned 10 at Loyola Marymount, nine against Georgia (Feb. 14), Portland State (Feb. 21) and CSU Bakersfield and eight apiece against Fresno State (March 5) and North Carolina. Kerr received the third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award of her career on Feb. 23 after tossing 13 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts in wins over UCSB (Feb. 17), CSUN and Portland State. She allowed only one hit in all three of those appearances.
Junior GiOnna DiSalvatore posted her second multiple-hit game of Pac-10 play on Saturday against Arizona State and finished the weekend with a pair of doubles to give her a team-leading 11 on the season. DiSalvatore is batting .360, which is third on the team, with three homers and 24 runs batted in. She also leads the Bruins with 29 runs scored and is third with 13 walks. DiSalvatore is tied for third with 10 multiple-hit games. She has produced hitting streaks of nine (Feb. 14-24) and seven (March 23-28) this season, tying a career high with her nine-game streak. In the midst of that streak, she put her name alongside Olympian Natasha Watley when she had nine consecutive hits. After posting a hit in her last at-bat against Georgia on Feb. 14, DiSalvatore went 7-for-7 in a doubleheader at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 17. In game one, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and followed that up with a 4-for-4 effort in the nightcap with a career-high six runs batted in on a two-run double, an RBI double and a three-run homer. DiSalvatore ran her consecutive hits streak to nine with a first-inning RBI single against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20), which tied her with Watley. She fell just one short of the school record of 10 consecutive hits held by Lisa Fernandez and Stacey Nuveman. For her efforts, DiSalvatore was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the third time in her career on Feb. 23, hitting .682 with 12 runs batted in and two homers in seven games. The junior has a pair of four-hit games, also going 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and a homer against Portland State (Feb. 21). She had another three-hit contest with three runs scored against UNLV (March 27) and has posted two-hit affairs against Tennessee (Feb. 13), Texas (Feb. 26), Northwestern (Feb. 27), Cal Poly (March 23) and Washington (April 3). DiSalvatore has five multi-RBI contests, recording three RBI and a home run against Texas and two RBI against Tennessee and Long Beach State (March 26). She has also scored three times in a game on four occasions and two times twice.
THE MOOSE IS LOOSE
Sophomore Samantha Camuso enters this weekend's play with a .343 batting average to go with seven home runs and 27 runs batted in, which rank fourth and third on the team, respectively. Camuso has walked 14 times, which is second on the squad, and owns a .626 slugging percentage (fourth) and 18 runs scored. The sophomore hit her seventh home run of the season on April 2 at Washington and has also left the yard against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Northridge (Feb. 19), Cal Poly (Feb. 19), Colorado State (Feb. 26) and Texas (Feb. 26). Camuso has driven in multiple runs in a game six times, knocking home four in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB. She also had three against Northridge and Cal Poly and two against FAU, Texas and UTEP (March 6). The sophomore has nine multiple-hit contests, including a three-hit affair in the first game of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Camuso produced two-hit affairs against FAU, UCSB, Northridge, Colorado State, Texas, Fresno State (March 5), UTEP and Long Beach State (March 26). The sophomore has scored twice in a game four times and has reached base in all but five of her contests this season. She also leads the team with a pair of triples, reaching third base against Fresno State and Arizona State last Friday.
HOT BAT FOR THE HOT CORNER
Senior Julie Burney leads the Bruins with 35 runs batted in and hit her ninth home run of the season on Friday against Arizona State, a two-run shot that ties her for the team lead. Burney is hitting .327 with a .653 slugging percentage, which ranks third on the squad. She has added 18 runs scored, six doubles and 12 walks. Burney is tops on the team with 11 multiple-RBI games. Six of those contests came during her career-high, nine-game hitting streak (Feb. 14-24) in which she batted .538 (14-for-26) with five homers and 20 runs batted in. Burney drove in a run in each of the last eight games of her hitting streak. She had four RBI against Cal State Northridge (Feb. 20) and Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), recording her first career, two-homer contest against the Matadors. The senior has added three-RBI games against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17, Game 1), UC Davis (Feb. 20) and UNLV (March 27) and has driven in a pair against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13), UCSB (Feb. 17, Game 2), Northridge (Feb. 19), CSU Bakersfield (March 21) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). She left the yard for the first time this season in the first game of a doubleheader at UCSB and has also homered against Cal Poly (Feb. 19), UC Davis, North Carolina (March 10), CSU Bakersfield and Loyola Marymount. Burney has six multiple-hit games, going 3-for-3 against UCSB and Fullerton and posting two-hit contests against Northridge, Baylor (Feb. 27), UNLV and LMU.
Freshman B.B. Bates posted her 12th multiple-hit game of the season on Sunday against Arizona State, driving in the Bruins' lone run in a 2-1 setback. Bates is tied for the team lead in multi-hit contests and holds a .331 batting average with two home runs and 17 runs batted in. She has also scored 22 runs, which is tied for fourth on the team, and stolen five bases, which leads the squad. Two of Bates' dozen multiple-hit contests are three-hit affairs, as she went 3-for-4 in the first game of doubleheaders against UNLV (March 27) and Loyola Marymount (March 28). The freshman also had a pair of hits in the second game of both twinbills and has added two-hit contests against UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 17), Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 24), Colorado State (Feb. 26), Fresno State (March 5), Long Beach State (March 26) and in both games of a doubleheader at CSU Bakersfield on March 21. Bates had a nine-game hitting streak from Feb. 21 to March 5, batting .387 (12-for-31) with eight runs batted in, four runs scored and a pair of homers. The freshman has driven in multiple runs in four games, knocking home three and hitting her first collegiate home run against Cal State Fullerton. She left the yard in her very next game and had two RBI against Colorado State. Bates also drove in a pair in the first game of a doubleheader against UNLV and the second game of a nightcap at LMU. The freshman has scored two runs in a game five times and had her first, two stolen-base contest against UC Davis on Feb. 20.
HITTING IN THE TWO HOLE
Junior Monica Harrison enters this weekend's three-game series with a .291 batting average and 12 runs batted in, ranking third on the squad with 24 runs scored and eight doubles and first with eight sacrifice hits. Harrison has eight multiple-hit games. She had three hits against UC Riverside (March 3) and CSU Bakersfield (March 21), driving in a season-high three against the Roadrunners. The junior also had two-hit games against Tennessee (Feb. 13), UC Davis (Feb. 20), Portland State (Feb. 21), Ohio State (Feb. 28), Cal Poly (March 23) and UNLV (March 27). Harrison had a career-high, seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 27 to March 21, hitting .572 (12-for-21) with four runs batted in and four doubles. She has scored twice in four contests and has three multiple-RBI games. Harrison had two apiece in back-to-back affairs against Long Beach State (March 26) and UNLV. The junior hit her first home run of the year against Tennessee and also left the yard against Bakersfield.
TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR BAKER
Redshirt junior Whitney Baker made her season debut last weekend against Arizona State and showed that she has what it takes to be a force in the circle for the remainder of the year. Baker, who has been ravaged by injuries throughout her 3 1/2 years as a Bruin, retired all three batters she faced in the seventh inning on Friday, striking out one. She came back on Sunday to earn the start and tossed a complete game with two strikeouts, allowing two runs, eight hits and three walks. Baker comes away from the weekend with a 1.75 earned run average. The junior has played in just 31 games at UCLA, with Friday's appearance being her first since the last game of the 2009 season against Missouri on May 24.
Senior Kaila Shull has hits in three of the five Pac-10 games she has played in and is batting .200 on the year with a home run and five RBI. She had singles in the last two games of the Washington series and against Arizona State last Friday. Shull has a two-hit game to her credit against Portland State (Feb. 21) and has driven in a pair of runs twice against Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13) and UTEP (March 6), homering against FAU ... freshman Devon Lindvall can proudly say that she hit two doubles in one game off Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie after accomplishing the feat on April 1. She also drew a walk to reach in all three of her at-bats against the All-American. Lindvall, who has played spectacular defense in center field in place of an injured Katie Schroeder, has six hits in 31 at-bats (.194) with three doubles ... freshman Charlotte Dolan drove in a pair of runs in the first game of a doubleheader at Loyola Marymount on March 28 to give her nine RBI this season. Dolan is batting .231 (9-for-39) with three home runs. The freshman left the yard in three straight games against Texas (Feb. 26), Baylor (Feb. 27) and Northwestern (Feb. 27), driving in three in both Feb. 27 contests ... junior Grace Murray has appeared in the seventh-most games this season for the Bruins, coming off the bench as a pinch-runner in 31 contests. Murray has scored 15 runs, which is eighth on the team. She crossed home plate twice last weekend in Friday and Sunday's games against Arizona State.